Journal of Youth and Adolescence

, Volume 43, Issue 11, pp 1949–1951 | Cite as

Meredith L. Dank: The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

LFB Scholarly Publishing LLC, El Paso, Texas, 2011, 152 pp, ISBN-13: 978-1-59332-409-4
  • Celia Pauli
Book Review

The purpose and goal of Meredith Dank’s book was to gain more empirical evidence about the population of commercially exploited children. Many aspects of the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) are unknown: how large the population is, what leads youth to this population, what policies can help youth, etc. The author sought to strengthen the understanding of this phenomenon, inform policy, and bring attention to this important issue affecting children worldwide.

Chapter one, “What is the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children?” begins the book with a startling statistic: “The number of children that are commercially sexually exploited children in the United States is unknown” (Dank 2011, p. 1). Dank gives possible reasons for the unknown, such as the stigma attached to sexual exploitation and the hidden nature of the CSEC population. The chapter gives an overview of the CSEC population, addresses alternative explanations for the CSEC, and defines commercially...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Indiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA

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